Enjoy one of the most popular road trips in the USA during this 17-day city break and self-drive around Nevada, California and the National Parks.
Including a stopover in New York and flights to Las Vegas, this trip is based around campervan rental from Las Vegas to Los Angeles. The route you take is up to you but we can advise on some of the highlights; from the Grand Canyon to the stunning Sequoias, the glittering lakes at Mammoth and Tahoe, the vineyards of Napa, the culture and cosmopolitan vibe of San Francisco and the raw beauty of the Pacific Coast Highway, there really is something to suit all travellers in this itinerary.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport. Your flight will arrive in New York on the same day – on arrival transfer to your hotel for 2 nights.
With so much on offer, plan wisely to maximise your time. Highlights of the city include:
It’s off to the Nevada desert today – Welcome to Las Vegas. Board the flight in New York and on arrival head to your hotel to check in for 2 nights.
In addition to the plentiful casinos, you'll find shopping galore, shows, restaurants, an IMAX cinema, clubs, luxury spas and swimming pools for a relaxing mini break.
If you don't plan to visit the Grand Canyon with your campervan, you could instead visit on a day trip from Las Vegas. If time is of the essence, why not visit by helicopter from the Strip? Ask for further details.
Today you’ll pick up your Apollo Pioneer campervan – a 5 berth vehicle packed with comforts to make the next ten days easy and comfortable!
We’ve not planned this part of the journey for you – it’s you, the van and the open road! For inspiration please see Chris’s blog from when he visited this area with his family.
Highlights in the area include Death Valley and the mighty Yosemite National Park – check out the local Visitor Centres for guided hikes and information on the local flora and fauna. Mammoth Lakes is a good stopping point with a host of outdoor activities– this is a year-round resort with skiing throughout the winter and hiking, cycling and watersports during the summer.
Famous for world-class wineries, the Napa Valley is just to the north of San Francisco and is a gourmet destination, matching amazing local produce and wines.
San Francisco is not to be missed – with Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Union Square, the tram system, the bohemian districts and a cosmopolitan feel, why not stop for a night or two? From here, hit the Pacific Coast Highway south, and explore the towns and coast scenery around Carmel, Monterrey and San Luis Obispo en route to your final destination, Los Angeles.
Campsites with electrical hook-ups can be booked in advance and we recommend you plan this in advance if travelling during US holidays or over the summer, which is considered peak season.
Today you’ll say goodbye to your campervan and check-in to your hotel for the final 2 nights of your holiday.
Your hotel is located at the beach in Santa Monica, a suburb of LA. The promenade is bustling and there are plenty of cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy dinner, people watch and relax and reflect on the great journey you’ve just had.
Your USA holiday has come to an end, so it’s time to check in for your return flight to the UK.
This trip is best suited for travel during May-September/early October due to the roads in and around Yosemite, which are often closed over the winter due to snow and poor conditions. If you want to travel outside of the summer months alternative routes would be required, or we can arrange car hire and hotels instead.
Over the summer months campsites and accommodation around the National Parks are very busy and will sell out in advance, so booking before you arrive is essential.
This itinerary is purely a suggestion, and can be tailor-made to your requirements, so please contact us with your dates and requests and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
*Included as standard: Standard liability of $1500, Public Liability Insurance, Kitchen equipment, extra driver fees, vehicle consultation, 24hr roadside assistance, Apollo Welcome Pack.
Supplements can be paid to reduce the excess to zero and include unlimited mileage. Items such as GPS and additional equipment can also be added at the time of booking. Please speak to your consultant for further details.
6 nights accommodation in 4* standard accommodation.
Hotels in this category include:
10 day rental of an Apollo Pioneer campveran with standard insurance cover